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ERIC Number: ED113029
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 19
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Knowing the Question to an Answer: The Later Development of Question-Answer Relationships.
Hutson, Barbara A.; And Others
This study examined children's development of the concept of the reciprocal relationship of question and answer by asking subjects to form questions to fit given answers and to form answers for given questions. A total of 72 children (18 per grades 1, 4, 7, and 10) participated in the study. Each child was tested individually on two tasks (the formation of questions and the formation of answers) and with two presentation modes (verbal context alone and verbal context in combination with pictures). The results showed significant effects for grade, task, mode of presentation, and interaction of grade and task. Children in all grades formed more correct answers than questions. While question means increased over grade level, answer means did not. It was concluded that (1) the task of question formation is a more demanding measure of the concept of question-answer reciprocity than is answer formation; (2) expression of the concept of question-answer reciprocity increases over the age period encompassed in this study; and (3) the levels of question formation and answer formation eventually converge for most subjects, indicating a fully abstract understanding of the reciprocal relationship. (Author/JMB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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